Just wondering who has done the rebuild to make the KT19 oiling system pressurized? The one I just picked up had it done 8yrs. ago when they did the rebuild. The engine sounds nice and tight, starts right up no issues. I'm surprised by how quiet it sounds. I would have thought it would be louder than what it is. Meaning I had a Toro/Wheel Horse 518XI. That Kohler was loud and it was a 1996 Model. The Ariens is an 86 model. Technology and EPA would have made the 96 model quieter and more efficient. Well, I can say that so for the decibels are lower on the Ariens than the Toro.
Also - question on the rear end. what sounds like metal on metal making "wind chime" sounds. There seems to be no issue with the transmission. Has no shutter when slowing down. Does not slip under load. Is it something in the disc brakes that is making the noise?